DOTA 2 WEEKLY RECAP: OCTOBER 24th, the most brutal playoffs in Dota 2 TI history.

Some team beef and disappointments, a rough week for the reigning champs, and the most brutal playoffs in Dota 2 TI history.
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DOTA 2 WEEKLY RECAP : OCTOBER 24th 2023

Some team beef and disappointments, a rough week for the reigning champs and the most brutal playoffs in TI history.

We can agree that this week of Dota 2 has been a rollercoaster of emotions. The Dota 2 International 2023 has lived up to all its hype.

So, let’s get into this week’s Recap of Dota 2!

WHY TEAM SPIRIT PARTED WAYS WITH TORONTOTOKYO

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In the upper bracket quarterfinals of The International 2023, the team’s carry Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk, delved into intricate inner workings and dynamics of Team Spirit and the reason that led to the departure of former mid-laner Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek.

TORONTOTOKYO had been a big part of Team Spirit playing an important role in the team’s success, especially in its victory at The International 2021 (TI10). However, they parted ways with each other following Team Spirit’s underperformance at The International 2022 (TI11).

Yatoro shared his perspective, stating, “TORONTOTOKYO left the team because I think we needed a replacement. We had in-game disagreements with him.

Team Spirit added Denis “Larl” Sigitov as its new mid laner on December 8, 2022. Yatoro had high praise for Larl, stating, “it was easy for everyone to communicate with Larl. We really like him, both as a man and as a player. I think our dynamic is really positive.

CR1T ON SHOPIFY REBELLION WEAK PERFOMANCE AT THE DOTA 2 TI 2023

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North American team Shopify Rebellion sadly left early at this year’s The International 2023, making it one of the worst placements in Artour “Arteezy” Babaev’s career. Following Shopify Rebellion’s exit from the tournament, Andreas “Cr1t” Nielsen shared his insights about the team’s performance throughout the year.

Shopify Rebellion had a relatively decent start to 2023 with a fourth-place finish at the first major of the year. They also placed second in Dream League Season 21 just before TI12, giving them some hope.

According to Cr1t in his post-game interview following the team’s elimination, he didn’t seem surprised by the outcome. “We didn’t do well in the group stage, we put ourselves in a spot where this can happen.”

DEFENDING CHAMPS ELIMIATED FROM TI12!

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Entity dethrones defending Dota 2 champs 2-0. Tundra Esports had a very good start in the group stages, topping their group with 7 wins and 1 loss. However, their success evaporated after the group stages losing to Nouns, sending Tundra Esports to the lower bracket where they ultimately lost 0-2 to Entity, eliminating them from the tournament. 

This was very unpredictable and shocking to see. Tundra even added Topias “TOPSON”, a two-time TI winner to their roster in the mid-laner, to ultimately improve their chances to win The International 2023 claiming a second title under Tundra Esports.

This is what Tundra Esports support “Sneyking” had to say after the loss. “Having Topson introduced at the last minute is a huge change to our dynamic. Obviously, we didn’t end up making it work that well, but I think there were glimmers of hope and brilliance for us. Things just didn’t go our way. We didn’t improve as much as we needed to while other teams improved a little bit more.

THE DOTA 2 INTERNATIONAL 2023 PLAYOFFS – RESULTS

And then there were 16 teams left at the International. With 4 teams already eliminated, 8 more teams were eliminated in this round of the playoffs. Let’s see who they are!

This is what the upper bracket and lower bracket looked like before the playoffs started:

PLAYOFFS DAY 1

The upper bracket faced off to see who among them will be advancing to The International 2023.

October 20 – Upper bracket quarterfinals results:

(Advance to Ti12) Team Spirit 2 – 1 Virtus Pro (Moved to lower bracket)

(Advance to Ti12) Team Liquid 2 – 0 Talon Esports (Moved to lower bracket)

(Advance to Ti12) LGD Gaming 2 – 0 9Pandas (Moved to lower bracket)

(Advance to Ti12) Azure Ray 2 – 0 nouns (Moved to lower bracket)

PLAYOFFS DAY 2 & 3

With 12 teams in the lower bracket, it turned into a bloodbath as only 4 teams will be advancing to the main event of The International!

October 21 & 22 – Lower bracket round 1 & 2 results:

Lower bracket round 1:

(Moving on to round 2) TSM 2 – 0 Shopify Rebellion (Eliminated)

(Moving on to round 2) Gaimin Gladiators 2 – 0 Evil Geniuses (Eliminated)

(Moving on to round 2) BetBoom Team 2 – 0 Keyd Stars (Eliminated)

(Moving on to round 2) Entity 2 – 0 Tundra Esports (Eliminated)

Lower bracket round 2:

(Advance to Ti12) nouns 2 – 0 TSM (Eliminated)

(Advance to Ti12) Gaimin Gladiators 2 – 0 9Pandas (Eliminated)

(Advance to Ti12) BetBoom Team 2 – 1 Talon Esports (Eliminated)

(Advance to Ti12) Virtus Pro 2 – 0 Entity (Eliminated)

MAIN EVENT THE INTERNATIONAL 2023

Now there are only 8 teams still in the running to claim the aegis of immortal and become the new champions of The International 2023.

The main event will begin October 28 and will end with a new champion on October 30th.

Here is the bracket heading into the main event!

When a new team claims the aegis! We will uncover a full breakdown of The International 2023 event in all its detail!

FINAL VERDICT

It’s been a jam-packed week of Dota 2 news filled with wins and big upsets. Let us know down below in the comments if you are enjoying this year’s International and who is your predicted winner.

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